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CNET First Look
Elite Wireless Controller for Xbox One is head and shoulder buttons above the restIts price tag -- $150, £120 or AU$200 -- puts it in an exclusive class, but the Elite controller is one of the most customizable, comfortable and luxurious controllers we've ever used.
So how much would you pay for the ultimate in game controller customization? Would you pay $100? What about $150? That's how much the Xbox Elite Controller costs. $150. And yeah, that's a lot. But the Elite controller offers more customization over anything I've ever seen. First off, this thing is dead sexy. It's got a real nice weight to it, moreso than the existing XBox One controller. It feels great in my hand, not to mention it's got a smooth rubberized coating throughout. And it's just a really slick and smooth looking controller. Okay, so the customization, that's the focal point on the controller. The Elite ships with three sets of stainless steel analog sticks, each varying in height and tip design. You can even mix and match each to your hearts content. Two types of [INAUDIBLE] as well. One traditional plus shape and another octagon looking thing that should help hitting those directional diagonals. Best of all, everything's magnetic. The [INAUDIBLE] and sticks easily swap out with one another. Other. Even the triggers can be modified, each has a switch that lets you alternate between full and hair trigger mode the latter of which stops you from having to pull the trigger all the way down. Then there's the interchangeable back pedals, these are small little levers that allow you to enter a command using just your middle finger around back. Now you need to program these with a free app for XBox One. This let's you assign any controller imput that those back pedals. You can even remap the entire controller too. Microsoft says that designer developed designed control themes will be available for the Elite, all accessible through that XBox One app. There's a switch on the controller, as well. And that'll let you go back and forth between two loaded profiles. I'm not a huge fan of those back pedals. I mostly played with them removed, but some players love them because you can bind them to car controls like the brake and gas, or use them as a quicker way to access something like a grenade toss or melee. I just found myself hitting them a lot by accident, so I didn't use them. Finally, the elite controller will also work with Windows 10 and it will even work wirelessly if you buy a $25 adapter. But the question you've got to be asking is, is this worth $150. Well that depends, right? The elite cost more than twice the amount of a regular controller. And you can argue that it has more than twice the amount of features, but is it twice as better? Probably not, not really sure. Competitive players will likely love this because of the endless amount of customization, and those twitch controls we talked about. Now if that stuff doesn't mean much to you, then the elite. Shouldn't be your go to controller. But for $150, you are getting a top of the line, fully customizable and gorgeous controller that can work on PC and XBox 1.